Badger Sports Roundup

The Big Ten Conference has picked an effectively permanent home for its men's and women's basketball tournaments; Badgers are 12th in most recent Directors' Cup Standings; the UW men's and women's swimming teams competing in Vancouver over the weekend.

The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that it has chosen Indianapolis as the long-term host for its men's and women's basketball postseason tournaments.

Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will host the women's tournament in 2007 and both events from 2008-2012, and potentially well into the future.

The Big Ten had alternated the tournaments between Conseco Fieldhouse and Chicago's United Center, but had long discussed picking one permanent site for the events to call home.

Badgers 12th in Directors' Cup standings

Wisconsin is 12th in the most recent U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings, which were released last week. The Badgers picked up 46 points from their eighth-place finish in the NCAA women's openweight rowing championships, bringing their 2005-06 total to 662.

UW has the third-best score among Big Ten institutions, trailing 10th-place Ohio State (767.25) and 11th-place Penn State (675.875).

The final rankings will be announced June 29.

Swimmers perform well at international meet

Current and past members of the University of Wisconsin men's and women's swimming teams competed at the Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday through Sunday.

Former Badger Adam Mania, currently a volunteer assistant coach at UW, broke his own meet record to win the 50-meter backstroke (26.06) and won the 100 backstroke (56.63). He also placed third in the 200 backstroke (2:04.86), third in 50 butterfly, fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.08).

Junior Tom Molzahn was fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:55.85), sixth in the 50 butterfly (25.89), fourth in the 400 freestyle, eighth in the 200 individual medley, fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:08.62) and eighth in the 100 freestyle (55.49).

Freshman Scott Rice was fourth in the 50 butterfly (25.64), while sophomore Tommy Gregory placed eighth in the event (26.31).

Freshman Eric Johnson finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.55) and third in the 50 breaststroke (30.11).

Freshmen Kyle Sorensen and Mike Desautels tied for sixth in the 50 freestyle in 26.47.

On the women's side, former Badger and current volunteer assistant Carly Piper was fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:04.14) and third in the 400 freestyle (4:22.16).

Freshman Jen Illescas was sixth in the 400 freestyle (4:25.39) and fifth in the 800 freestyle (9:06.83).

Sophomore Jenny Gelden was seventh in the 50 butterfly (29.13) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:04.01).

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